National Adoption Day Activities and Events

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Judge John Bowman has accomplished many things during his time as a circuit judge for the State of Florida. Judge John Bowman was recognized in 2017 for his work on organizing the circuit’s National Adoption Day, which helped 60 children find homes.

National Adoption Day occurs each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, helping to bring thousands of children to their forever homes. In 2017, almost 5,000 children were adopted during the event and more than 400 cities participated. Over the course of the nearly two decades that it has existed, National Adoption Day has helped find homes for about 70,000 children. Many nonprofits, such as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network, help to support the program.

As part of National Adoption Day, organizations around the country host various activities that either help to finalize adoptions or encourage its use as a family-planning tool. Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s event includes food, games, a live DJ, and commemorative photos for families who have adopted a child. Whether expanding awareness or creating a fond memory for adoptive families, these efforts work to make adoption a more common and positive experience.

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National Adoption Day Dispels a Common Adoption Myth

 

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Elected to the Florida 17th Judicial Circuit in 2002, Judge John Bowman has dramatically overhauled the court’s handling of adoption cases, making the process more efficient and timely so that children can be placed in homes more quickly and easily. Outside of the courtroom, Judge John Bowman advocates for adoption through his support of National Adoption Day.

A prevailing myth about adoption is that there are not enough families to care for the number of children in foster care throughout the United States. According to recent data reported by National Adoption Day, approximately 20 percent of Americans have thought about adopting a child.

Moreover, some 47 million families nationwide have given serious thought to foster care as the avenue of their adoption search, which dwarfs all other adoption avenues, such as infant adoption and international adoption.

Research also shows that individuals interested in adoption do not always know where to start. For this reason, efforts must be made to invest in awareness initiatives and other resources that help families navigate the adoption process, which will result in more children being placed in loving, stable, permanent homes.

A Look at National Adoption Day

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The former owner of a civil litigation firm, John Bowman currently serves as a circuit court judge in the state of Florida. Outside of his professional work as a judge, John Bowman has been recognized as an advocate for adoption efforts and a supporter of National Adoption Day.

National Adoption Day strives to bring awareness to foster children throughout the United States who are looking for a permanent home. Currently, organizations that help organize the day include the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the Children’s Action Network, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and the Alliance for Children’s Rights.

Held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, National Adoption Day helps to bring policymakers, families, advocates, and other stakeholders together. Moreover, the event connects interested individuals to other adoption events across the country, provides access to adoption resources, and helps supporters find volunteer opportunities. During the most recent adoption day, more than 5,000 foster children were adopted and over 400 cities took part.

For additional information on National Adoption Day, visit www.nationaladoptionday.org.

Debunking the Myths about Adoption Costs

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A graduate of St. Thomas University with a juris doctor, Judge John Bowman serves as a circuit judge in the state of Florida. Also an advocate for adoption, Judge John Bowman participates in National Adoption Day.

Since the inception of National Adoption Day in 2000, the event has helped more than 58,000 children find permanent families. However, there are still more than 100,000 children in foster care who are waiting for permanent homes. One of the barriers to placing these children in permanent homes is the myth that adopting a child from foster care is expensive.

Contrary to what many families believe, adopting a child from foster care is not costly. In fact, it has the potential to be free, since many adoption agencies do not charge families who choose to adopt a child in foster care. Further, many companies and government agencies now offer adoption assistance programs as part of employee benefits. Some companies even offer financial benefits as well as maternity or paternity leave for those who choose to adopt a child.

Lastly, adoptive parents now benefit from a tax credit for adoption-related expenses, including court fees as well as travel and legal expenses. In 2014, this tax credit allowed families to obtain up to $13,190 to offset expenses associated with adoption.

National Adoption Day in Florida

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Circuit Judge John Bowman serves the people of Broward County, Florida. A good deal of Judge John Bowman’s work deals with children and young people in the state. November 22, 2016, will mark his 14th year as chairman of the local National Adoption Day event, which he helped to create.

Each November, Broward County celebrates adoption and the wonderful parents who make it possible. On one special Saturday, dozens of families gather to make their adoptions official at the same time.

ChildNet, Florida’s dedicated service for children and families, has been holding the event for well over a decade. Although adoptions occur year-round, but the festive event draws a lot of attention and helps raise awareness for the kids who are still awaiting homes.

Today, there are 200 children awaiting loving homes in Broward and Palm Beach counties. If your family is considering adopting a new member, learn more about the process online at www.childnet.us/portal/adoption.